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Nite City - 1978 Golden Days Diamond Nights

ARTIST: Nite City
ALBUM: Golden Days Diamond Nights
LABEL: 20th Century Records
SERIAL: 6370 263
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Paul Warren - lead vocals, guitars * Ray Manzarek - keyboards, vocals * Nigel Harrison - bass * Jimmy Hunter - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Riding On The Wings Of Love * 02 The Dreamer * 03 Holy Music * 04 Ain't Got The Time * 05 Die High * 06 Blinded By Love * 07 Barcelona * 08 America

In an earlier review, Eric cast his thoughts on the debut Nite City LP. This was a band stacked with talent, its personnel-alumni with numerous bands both before and after the demise of this one. Signed to 20th Century Records for their 1977 debut, the band parted ways with the American label, because apparently they weren't convinced about the material that would go toward 'Golden Days Diamond Nights'. The LP would eventually be released by the West German branch of 20th Century instead, but the band would do so without the services of lead singer Noah James, vocals falling to Paul Warren mostly, while Ray Manzarek sings on two tracks.

The Songs
Not sure what drugs the suits at 20th Century in the USA were on at the time, but this is a good effort all round, slightly weaker in the vocal department obviously but musically very appealing in that late 70's way. It's not as dark-themed as the debut, quite bright and spritely throughout. The opening strands of 'Riding On The Wings Of Love' are a reminder of that lovely one-off album from Ohio outfit Graf. The cool keyboards of Manzarek dominate 'The Dreamer', it's a track well entrenched in that 70's style. 'Holy Music' is not a christian tune thank goodness, but a piano oriented slow burner fusing Zappacosta like moments with a southern rock slant, along the lines of Wet Willie. 'Ain't Got The Time' is a mid-paced track which has its own appeal, while 'Die High' is a cool radio rocker, a tune earmarked for FM Radio back in the day. Lots of flanger/phaser effects populate 'Blinded By Love', a slower southern rock/blues number, it's followed by the latin influence of 'Barcelona', an instrumental, and obvious copycat of Santana's material during this period. The album ends with the road song 'America'. It's the longest song here at 8 and half minutes and traverses a handful of styles in its trek across the continent. I like it, it's unusual and includes sound effects from various spots around the nation.

In Summary
Thanks to the closed door of success in the USA, bassist Nigel Harrison upped his tent and moved onto Blondie. Nite City drafted in a replacement to cover off tour commitments, but it wasn't before long that the band called it a day. All the members all moved on to other gigs. Manzarek would go onto a production role, Warren would do lots of work with Rod Stewart while Hunter would join outfits such as Flo And Eddie and Steppenwolf. Nite City are a reasonable listen, but you have to be a disciple of the 70's to truly appreciate what these guys were about.

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#1 | Eric on February 11 2011 13:43:57
Yeah, like the first one better...
#2 | Eric on March 14 2011 12:30:37
Over the weekend I picked up (for .99 cents!) vocalist Paul Warren's album Paul Warren And Explorer- 'One Of The Kids'. Fairly average power pop, but some good moments. Fun 1980.
#3 | rostoned on March 15 2016 17:41:56
Beware the 2006 2 on 1 original CD reissue of both Nite City LPs on Griffin has been (obviously) OOP for many years.

The usual German bootleg retailers are selling now counterfeit brand new copies thru major retailers like ebay, amazon etc thumbs down
#4 | gdazegod on May 23 2017 02:33:12
Paul Warren's 'One Of The Kids' will get a review very soon. Not quite certain it's average, as Eric says, quite likeable actually.
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